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7 minutes ago, cctransuk said:

 

I doubt that they'd be interested - what law do you think that he is breaking?

 

John Isherwood.

I bet they'd enjoy checking out his vehicle etc....

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Its still mad - I went out this morning to get a couple of loaves of bread.  I got to Tescos about 10 minutes after opening time, the car-park was pretty full and the shop filled with people with mounded shopping baskets, they seem to be just picking stuff up at random.

 

The latest shortage is now bin bags, all sizes...

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2 hours ago, polybear said:

 

Make a cup of Tea, save the bag.  Same again the next time.

Then use two used bags for Tea No. 3 - a bit less milk required (good job, under the circumstances...) but perfectly drinkable.

 

 

Use a Courier - they'll even collect from you.  Much cheaper for heavy stuff:

 

https://www.parcel2go.com/

And when the tea-bag finally loses virtually all colour and flavour, dry it out; any French friends might appreciate it, as it'll still be stronger than anything they can get....

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16 minutes ago, cctransuk said:

 

I doubt that they'd be interested - what law do you think that he is breaking?

 

John Isherwood.

 

Street trading without a licence. 

 

 

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30 minutes ago, TheQ said:

B+Q do the same PVA for Near enough the same price

Same company

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3 minutes ago, jonny777 said:

 

Street trading without a licence. 

 

 

 

Only applies if the local authority has declared the street in question a restricted street - very few are. (I formerly administered Cambridge City Council's Street Trading Licences).

 

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I went to the local Tesco at 9-30 , this is a day when the between 9-00 and 10-00 they are more senior

friendly to give us a chance , it was more rammed than a normal Saturday before the panic buying

started .      :rolleyes:

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9 minutes ago, cctransuk said:

 

Only applies if the local authority has declared the street in question a restricted street - very few are. (I formerly administered Cambridge City Council's Street Trading Licences).

 

John Isherwood.

 

Obviously different standards in Cambridge to Birmingham, 

 

https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/street-trading

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2 hours ago, polybear said:

 

Make a cup of Tea, save the bag.  Same again the next time.

Then use two used bags for Tea No. 3 - a bit less milk required (good job, under the circumstances...) but perfectly drinkable.

 

 

Only problem is that there's hardly any caffine left - Dad was told not to throw away his existing tea bags when advised to go caffine free - Add boiling water to tea bag, wait 10 seconds and pour water away, refill and continue to brew. Apparently most of the caffine comes out in the first 5 to 10 secs.

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2 hours ago, polybear said:

 

Make a cup of Tea, save the bag.  Same again the next time.

Then use two used bags for Tea No. 3 - a bit less milk required (good job, under the circumstances...) but perfectly drinkable.

.......................

Old student bodges come in useful again!

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21 minutes ago, Sidecar Racer said:

I went to the local Tesco at 9-30 , this is a day when the between 9-00 and 10-00 they are more senior

friendly to give us a chance , it was more rammed than a normal Saturday before the panic buying

started .      :rolleyes:

 

It makes the pre Christmas shopping days look civilised!

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Our Aldi in Newport seemed a bit more civilised today. Things like UHT, tins & long coded products are stripped out, but bread & fresh milk are doing OK. 

 

In the absence of toilet rolls, the enterprising shop staff have put cut flowers instead. 

 

The middle aisles are normally well-stocked with plastic windmills, bongo drums and triple packs of spirit levels are selling well. 

 

This years spaghetti harvest looks to be a bumper crop, but with no-one to collect it, things are none too bright. 

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On ‎16‎/‎03‎/‎2020 at 23:04, newbryford said:

 

Last week apparently.

 

Yep looks like I missed it again

 

Whats with these people seriously . Not a drop of washing up liquid to be had in Erskine . What are they doing with it all?  Having baths in it ? As a result a penny of my fairy is going to have to go a bloody long way! 

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20 hours ago, admiles said:

 

I knew someone would chirp up with that little gem.

 

Not quite so easy with two working parents and a child who has never had re-usable nappies. He is mid-way through potty training any only has a nappy now overnight. He's a very poor sleeper so anything new isn't going to help.

 

Edit: incidentally what do you do in the few days before ordering said cloth nappies and them being delivered? No Mothercare or similar any more. 

 

Oh wait until all the toilet paper substitutes ………… wet wipes, kitchen roll, copies of the Daily Mail and its inflammatory headlines, etc ends up blocking the sewage system ……… :unsure:

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On 19/03/2020 at 07:51, Baby Deltic said:

Unbelievable! You'd be better off stocking up on 60 grit sand paper or foraging for dock leaves.

 

If you pre-scrunch it a bit before applying to the affected area that does impart some degree of softness flexibility

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Posted (edited)

In Australia there are two main supermarket chains,  Woolworths and Coles.  Today Coles management stated that to date the stock turnover in this crisis is the equivalent to three Christmas periods.  Coles have also set up a temporary second distribution wharehouse to cater for the extra demand in Sydney.

 

An oddity that I have found is that while there has been no shortage of cat food,  until this morning I have not seen kitty litter for weeks.  What litter available this morning was the very expensive brand not the generic store brand.   Now I am hoping that the scarcity in supply of kitty litter has nothing to do with there being no toilet paper.  What are these people using the kitty litter for?  The mind boggles.

 

Other non perishable scarcities are tinned food, cereals, pasta, rice, vinegar, noodles, washing up liquid, washing powder, toothpaste,  toothbrushes,  coffee,  tea,  teabags, onions, tissues, handi-towels, plastic cling wrap film, baking paper.

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I think we urgently need controls on who is allowed to shop where.  Our local Tesco branch is repeatedly being raided by people who not only don't know where various things are but even by those who don't know the route into the flippin' car park.  Net result although restocking appears to be a relatively normal levels for many things stuff is going out in greater quantities and at a faster rate than normal.  Although the organisation is excellent such as allowing in wrinklies ahead of the queue when there is a queue to get in and today having an express queue to the checkouts for over 70s and strict social distancing at the checkouts themselves the one thing they are not doing is limiting the customers to 'regulars only' - probably in a bid to avoid riots or physical violence to their staff.  

 

But it seems pretty clear to me that there won't be a return to 'normal' shopping unless some stricter controls are enforced nationally and people are only allowed to shop locally and sti ore loyalty cards are used to enforce that.  and of course people moving miles for shopping are also potentially spreading infection so it's a double whammy.  Is this the first time a double negative hasn't resulted in a positive?

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My brothers other half works in a Supermarket in Devon. She said that staff are getting a lot of abuse from shoppers. They are also concerned by the number of people that come into the store coughing a lot plus the sheer number of people.

 

I don't normally agree with Mr Martin of Spoons but I can see his point when he said its probably safer in the pub than supermarket at present.

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1 hour ago, jonny777 said:

 

Obviously different standards in Cambridge to Birmingham, 

 

https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/street-trading

 

I would refer my honourable friend to the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982; Schedule 4.

 

Clearly, Birmingham has declared the entire city to be a controlled zone - which some authorities choose to do. It does create an awful lot of admin. work though; along with the fees from licences. The fees have to be a reflection of the costs of administering the scheme.

 

Regards,

John Isherwood.

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15 hours ago, eastglosmog said:

In public loos, it is advisable always to check for presence of paper before committing yourself.................

I came across a PERFECT example of this today.

 

As can be seen, someone has wrecked the roll holder, but the cleaner has come along and provided the necessary equipment - congratulations.

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13 hours ago, ColinK said:

My work took me to Skipton today - another town where the shops have run out of liquid poly. I couldn’t find any PVA either.  Lots of modellers must be stocking up for several weeks at home.


Now sorted after a trip to small local hardware shops and Homebase.  I now have enough liquid poly, pva and tester pots of paint to make lots of progress on my rolling stock and G scale layout.

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2 hours ago, Sidecar Racer said:

I went to the local Tesco at 9-30 , this is a day when the between 9-00 and 10-00 they are more senior

friendly to give us a chance , it was more rammed than a normal Saturday before the panic buying

started .      :rolleyes:

Similar situation round my way when Sainsbury's went senior friendly yesterday morning ... sigh...

 

https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/18317477.coronavirus-early-morning-rush-sainsburys-christchurch/

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4 hours ago, Pete the Elaner said:

Somebody had 2 of the largest packs of toilet rolls I had ever seen in her trolley. There must have been 30 in the pack.

 

Manufacturers run near to their capacity because it is more economical, so they can't just increase production by 300%.

Once the panic buyers have stocked up, manufacturers should start to catch up. Give it about 3-4 weeks & any panic item should be normally available again.

 

About time they started splitting the packs and flogging them two at a time....

And in a few months factories will be suspending production due to no demand.

 

3 hours ago, RedgateModels said:

I succumbed ...

 

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Nivea.  You've got hand sanitiser....

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12 minutes ago, polybear said:

Nivea.  You've got hand sanitiser....

 

Can't have my hands cracking with all this handwashing ;)

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